Authors in Lockdown

Authors in Lockdown is a new online stream featuring your favourite fantom authors including Dave Bartram and Ken Farrington.

The event features interviews with DAVE BARTRAM (singer, Showaddywaddy), KEN FARRINGTON (actor, Coronation Street), ALAN STAFFORD (author of Too Naked for the Nazis), KEVIN GEDDES (author of Keep Calm and Fanny On), ADAM ENDACOTT (author of The Kenneth Williams Companion) and LYNDSY SPENCE (author of Queen of the Silver Screen the biography of Margaret Lockwood).

All our authors will be discussing lockdown and the stories behind their publications. Hosted by Jason Clifford.

Dave Bartram

In a professional singing career spanning 38 years, Dave Bartram was the charismatic frontman and voice synonymous with the 70’s and 80’s hit-makers Showaddywaddy.

Dave has written two books for Fantom – The Boys of Summer and All Mapped Out which have been born out of his time on the road. Dave discusses both titles and updates on life in lockdown.

Alan Stafford on Wilson, Keppel and Betty

Who were Wilson, Keppel and Betty? Regarded as the one of the UK’s best speciality acts, it’s a complicated story, and like many tales of the stars of music hall and variety, shrouded in contradictions and myths. Here to help shed some light on this wonderful story is the author of the biography Too Naked for the Nazis, Alan Stafford.

Kevin Geddes on Fanny Craddock

Mention the name ‘Fanny Cradock’ to anyone, young or old, and they tend to simply snigger, make an innuendo-heavy reference to doughnuts or squirm at the thought of long-forgotten meals disguised under layer-upon-layer of ever-increasingly bizarre food-colourings and flourishes of garnish. She is, at least, remembered. She was hard to forget.

There is much more to Fanny Cradock than even the most elaborately pencilled-in eyebrow might suggest. The ‘real’ story is just as weird, wonderful and wacky as the myths that persist. Andy Futter discusses Fanny with author Kevin Geddes.

Ken Farrington

Actor Ken Farrington has achieved lasting recognition for his roles in three of Britain’s most iconic TV soaps – Coronation Street, Emmerdale and Family Affairs. His 60-year career has encompassed much more besides and seen him take on many cinema and TV roles, along with classical stage and TV appearances. Published in 2018 by Fantom, Hush My Mouth is a candid biography of his life and work.

Adam Endacott on Kenneth Williams

The Kenneth Williams Companion is the first, and only, definitive book on the career of Kenneth Williams. The book details all his stage, radio, TV recordings and film work as a chronology. We discuss Kenneth’s life and career with Adam Endacott.

Lyndsy Spence on Margaret Lockwood

Margaret Lockwood was one of Britain’s most popular film stars of the 1930’s and 40’s. A three-time winner of the Daily Mail Film Award, her iconic films “The Lady Vanishes”, “The Man in Grey” and “The Wicked Lady” gained her legions of fans. We talk to Lyndsy Spence, author of the biography Queen of the Silver Screen.